John Millman is not concerned about Novak Djokovic's slow start to the clay season as he thinks the Serb will find his game and rhythm by the Rome Masters. After suffering a surprise Monte Carlo round-of-16 loss to Lorenzo Musetti, Djokovic also picked up a shock Banja Luka quarterfinal defeat against Dusan Lajovic.
Note: Millman tweeted this before Djokovic pulled out of the Madrid Masters. "I still don’t think we see Novak’s best tennis on the dirt until around Rome time. As he’s said, he takes time to get used to this surface and feel like in the past we tend to see him hit his strides when he rolls into the Italian capital," Millman tweeted.
A fan then asked Millman to name his top-3 French Open favorites. Millman named Djokovic as the top favorite - placed Carlos Alcaraz at No 2 - put Rafael Nadal at No 3.
I still don’t think we see Novak’s best tennis on the dirt until around Rome time. As he’s said, he takes time to get used to this surface and feel like in the past we tend to see him hit his strides when he rolls into the Italian capital.
— John Millman (@johnhmillman) April 21, 2023
For me I’d have
- Nadal (if Nadal isn’t playing by Rome though I’d have Sinner in there) — John Millman (@johnhmillman) April 21, 2023
Millman thinks Djokovic will be fine
In Monte Carlo, Djokovic was up by a set and a break before Musetti stormed back to win in three sets.
On Friday in Banja Luka, Djokovic suffered another shock defeat after Lajovic beat him 6-4 7-6 (6). In the second-set tie-break, Djokovic had a 6-3 lead and three consecutive set points. Shockingly, Djokovic failed to convert any of his three consecutive set points.
After the match, Djokovic admitted that he played below his level. “The loss is due to a combination of many things. He played very well, very solid, and I was a couple of levels below what was expected. I can’t win against opponents who are so solid on this surface with this game.
I didn’t even feel good physically on the court, I felt slow, with sluggish legs, I missed a lot of balls, and was totally out of shot. At times I played well, but well below my level," Djokovic said after the loss. On Saturday, Djokovic withdrew from Madrid.